High Tech Center

The DSPS operates two High Tech Centers: one on the Ocean Campus and one at the John Adams Campus.

Each High Tech Center (HTC) instructs students with disabilities in the use of adaptive computer technology and software, and does outreach to all students on the campus who would benefit from using the center.

The primary purpose of the High Tech Center is to support educational access for students with disabilities by teaching computer adaptations and providing instruction in computer skills that can be transferred to other computer labs on campus. The HTC is not intended to be a clerical skills training program. It serves as training for disability-related computer needs.

Each High Tech Center has Windows PC and Apple Macintosh computers, high speed Internet access, scanners, and printers. Available adaptations include speech recognition software, text-to-speech synthesizers, screen reading software, screen magnification software, adapted keyboards, Braille output and other accommodations for students with physical and cognitive disabilities. All ability levels are accepted, from beginning to advanced. The HTC is open-entry, open-exit and non-credit.

The HTC assists students in:

  • Learning how to use computer adaptations.
  • Learning basic adaptive word processing and spreadsheets through self-paced tutorials.
  • Completing class assignments using computer adaptations.
  • Using the Internet and Email.

See below for hours and locations.

Academic Assistance Program (Ocean Campus)

Please note: due to budget cuts the Academic Assistance Program is not being offered this semester.

The Academic Assistance Program is a drop-in study lab offered through the Ocean Campus DSPS High Tech Center (Batmale Hall 231). In the lab students can receive limited individual and small group assistance in Math and English; learn alternative approaches to studying; try out learning strategies that focus on one's learning strengths; as well as study independently in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Open through finals week.

HTC Locations/Hours/Contact Information

Please note that during the summer the Ocean and John Adams High Tech Centers are open on a limited basis. During the summer please call 415-452-5481 for the schedule.

Ocean Campus HTC

50 Phelan Avenue
Batmale Hall, Room 231
San Francisco, California 94112
(415) 239-3616 Voice

For Telecommunication Device for the Deaf (TDD) or FAX, contact the Ocean DSPS Reception Desk in Rosenberg 323:
(415) 452-5451 TDD
(415) 452-5565 FAX

Ocean HTC Regular (Fall/Spring) Open Hours:

Mon 9:30 am - 2:30 pm
Tue 9:30 am - 2:30 pm
Wed 9:30 am - 2:30 pm
Thu 9:30 am - 2:30 pm
Fri 9:30 am - 2:30 pm

For further information about the Ocean High Tech Center, contact the instructor at (415) 239-3616.

John Adams Campus HTC

1860 Hayes Street, Room 104
San Francisco, California 94117

High Tech Center
(415) 561-1822
(415) 561-1823 TDD

John Adams DSPS Reception Desk
(415) 561-1001 Voice
(415) 561-1007 TDD

John Adams HTC Regular (Fall/Spring) Open Hours:

Mon 8:30 am - 12 noon, 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Tue 9 am - 12 noon, 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Wed 8:30 am - 12 noon, 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Thu 9 am - 12 noon, 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Fri 10 am - 12 noon

For further information about the John Adams High Tech Center, contact the instructor at (415) 561-1822 or (415) 561-1823 TDD.